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Five interesting facts about zoos

April 9, 2019

Delightful day to visit

Today, and each April 8, is designated Zoo Lover’s Day. With springlike weather finally surfacing, it’s as good a time as any to pay a visit.

Which zoos are oldest?

The oldest running zoo in the world is Vienna Zoo in Schonbrunn which dates to 1752. The Philadelphia Zoo opened in 1874 and is believed to be the oldest in the U.S.

Pandas provided on loan

China retains ownership of all of the giant pandas around the world, which are loaned selectively to other countries. The fee for a pair is usually $1 million per year.

You won’t be alone

It has been estimated more than 600 million people visit zoos each year. In America, there are at least 355 zoos to visit.

Tyson turned down

Boxing champion Mike Tyson once offered a zoo attendant $10,000 to open the cage of a bullying gorilla, so he could “smash that silverback’s snotbox.” His offer was declined.